The Spokane County Conservation Futures Program was conceived in 1994 with the voters approval of an advisory ballot measure authorizing a property tax levy of (up-to) 6.25-cents per $1,000 assessed property value, in order to acquire and preserve Spokane County's open space, streams, rivers, and other natural resources. What does this mean? For a home assessed at $250,000 using current Conservation Futures Levy Rate of 3.6 cent per $1,000 assessed value, up to $9 per year is assessed and dedicated to the Conservation Futures Fund to preserve and enhance Spokane County's quality of life.
As of October 2022, the Conservation Futures Program has acquired and preserved over 9,524 acres managed and / or owned by Spokane County, City of Spokane, and City of Cheney. To learn more about each acquisition since 1994, check out the Conservation Futures Acquisition History.
2021 Nomination Round
On December 7th, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners approved the 2021 Prioritized Acquisition List ("List") to guide future expenditure of Conservation Futures acquisition funds through March 2027. The List will be updated continuously as properties are successfully acquired and preserved or if owners decide to withdraw their property from the List. The most current Prioritized Acquisition Listcan be found here.
Of the total levy revenue generated annually, 25% is dedicated toward maintaining, protecting and enhancing these properties in perpetuity. This translates into improved public access, signage, noxious weed control, and other activities that protect and enhance the public's investment.